M & S Community Energy anticipates installing Solar Panels on the following 8 Host Buildings:
Opened in 2015, this 80,000 sq ft store in the Banbury Gateway Shopping Park is a recent addition to the M&S network. As an active participant in the local community it supports the Banbury Food for Charities - distributing surplus food, while throughout 2016 it is raising funds for the local Horton Maternity Unit. As part of this programme it is planned to install 192 panels generating up to 50kW of electricity.
When this stored opened in August 2012, M&S Cheshire Oaks was our multiple award winning sustainable store. It’s designed to be the most carbon efficient, with an architectural and design strategy that addresses several areas of sustainability at once. The store has established close links to the community and distributes surplus food to the Community Café at Trinity Church Ellesmere Port. Through the Society, the store is due to receive 192 panels, furthering its already exceptional sustainability credentials.
Based in the Brookfield Retail Park in Cheshunt. the staff at this store has been working hard over the past year supporting local charities Fiorina - Royal Free Charity. They have successfully secured food surplus distribution with Broxbourne Foodbank, helping to achieve the M&S Plan A waste objectives. Through the Society the store will be receiving our second largest amount of panels with 600 solar pv panels.
Located in sunny West Cornwall, this store offers the ideal location to install solar panels on the roof. Active locally, for 2016 the staff at Hayle are fundraising for The Cinnamon Trust - helping the elderly and their pets and Roskear House Health and Wellbeing Project. They aim to generate further income for their local community by installing our largest installation with 860 panels.
Our Hempstead Valley store in Kent is all set to install 432 solar panels on its roof as part of the M&S Energy Society initiative. It is hoped over 112kW of renewable electricity will also generate funding for local projects, to complement its work for local charity, The Friends of Wisdom Hospice.
This is one of the biggest Marks & Spencer stores in the West Midlands, spanning 150,000 sqf and is a new addition to the M&S network that opened in late 2015. It is already involved with the local community through its support for the South Birmingham Young Homeless Project. It is also a high performing energy saving store that comes complete with green wall and rainwater harvesting so the proposed 192 solar PV panel installation will be a welcome addition.
The staff in our Torbay store in Devon, located in the Willows Retail Park, are keen supporters of the local community. Their charity of the year is the Little Bridge House Hospice and they also distribute surplus food across the Teignbridge area via the H.I.T.S Food Bank. They are now all set to install our third largest installation for the Society, with 384 solar panels.
Based in Central Truro, Truro Lemon Quay store is also a Healthy High Street Store and part of Business in the Community. The store staff are very active members in the community and have been successful in raising £1,689 for Macmillan Cancer Support this year, whilst food re-distribution has been arranged through Truro Foodbank. The store is looking to install a 99kW installation of 384 panels.